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Restored Bald Knob Cross survives atheist challenge

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The administrator of a towering southern Illinois cross says he's pleased a Chicago-area atheist has unsuccessfully exhausted his legal challenges over a state grant that went toward restoring the landmark.

D.W. Presley says the U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision yesterday when it refused to hear Rob Sherman's case.

At issue is the $20,000 grant Illinois gave to the 11-story Bald Knob Cross of Peace near Alto Pass in 2008.

Lower courts already had ruled that Sherman lacked standing to sue over the grant, which was used in the landmark's newly completed restoration.

Sherman sued in August 2010. He argues that using the grant to repair the cross "has the primary effect of advancing a particular religious sect, namely Christianity."

Sherman calls the Supreme Court snub "a joke."

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